Hearts boss Robbie Neilson not happy with Scott Sinclair's appearance for Celtic

Hearts manager Robbie Neilson holds the matchball

Robbie Neilson feels hard done by after Scott Sinclair was allowed to appear in the Scottish Premier League opener.

Aston Villa's Scott Sinclair

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Hearts boss Robbie Neilson has slammed the SFA for allowing Celtic to field Scott Sinclair in their Scottish Premier League opener on Sunday.

Hearts and Celtic played out a very competitive fixture at Tynecastle at the weekend and despite putting in a valiant display, the home side lost out due to the concession of a late goal from Hoops’ new boy Scott Sinclair.

While there were certainly no question marks regarding the legality of Sinclair’s goal, Hearts manager Robbie Neilson has been left a bit aggrieved at the fact that the former Aston Villa man was allowed to feature on the day.

Hearts manager Robbie Neilson holds the matchball

Sinclair joined Celtic on Sunday itself and the Scottish Football Association surprisingly granted permission to the Hoops to register the player in time for the clash against Hearts. Conversely, Hearts were unable to field their new signing Krystian Nowak after they were told that the SFA’s registration offices were shut on Friday.

Neilson admitted that the error cost Hearts but at the same time the 36-year-old was not happy to see Sinclair being handed the opportunity to play.

Manchester City's Fernando in action with Aston Villa's Scott Sinclair

He was quoted saying by the Daily Mail, “We were told the SFA shuts at 5pm on a Friday – obviously, it doesn't. So I was surprised a little bit to see Sinclair's name on the teamsheet but again, what are the rules? Is it as it goes along?

“Apparently if someone turns up at the SFA on a Saturday they can out it through. But we didn't know that. We know now. So the next time we get a player we'll get him registered on a Saturday morning. But, hey, he's (Sinclair) come on, he's a £4million player and he did really well.

“That's the level we're against, they play a £4million player and we play Sam Nicholson and Jamie Walker. And to be honest they probably did more in the game and are better prospects for Scottish football.”

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